In Macau, Wynn Macau Limited and Sands China Limited have each reportedly been granted permission to operate 25 new live-dealer gaming tables after applying for authorization under the provisions of a government policy announced in the summer.

According to a report from GGRAsia, Wynn Macau Limited, which is a subsidiary of American casino giant Wynn Resorts Limited, inaugurated its $4.4 billion Wynn Palace Cotai in August while September saw Las Vegas Sands Corporation subordinate Sands China Limited open its $2.7 billion The Parisian Macao development.

The local Gaming Inspection And Coordination Bureau regulator announced in advance of these openings that both operators would be transferring gaming tables from their existing properties in the former Portuguese enclave to these new casinos while the pair were each also to be given permission to premiere up to 25 new-to-market tables at their latest multi-billion-dollar enterprises from the first day of 2017 and 2018.

Concerning the Wynn Palace Cotai, Leong Vai Tac, Economy And Finance Secretary for Macau, declared at the time that the decision on how many new tables to allow had been based on the “consideration of several factors” including the number of non-gaming amenities due to be offered at the Cotai Strip property alongside the amount of collaboration Wynn Macau Limited had undertaken with local small and medium-sized enterprises.

In order to limit the compound annual growth of live-dealer gaming tables to 3% over a ten-year period, Macau instituted a cap in 2013 while the Wynn Palace Cotai opened with approximately 350 such amusements followed by The Parisian Macao with around 410. GGRAsia cited official figures in reporting that the number of gaming tables on offer in Macau’s over 30 casinos had fallen by almost 0.3% since the end of September to sit at 6,287 as of December 30.